Even before the new codex is out the sneakier among us have had a peep at the new book. The feedback I get from the tournament chaps that I play with is that the new codex is….rubbish! Why? Because it is not geared for competition play and will not deliver consistent, predictable playability in a tournament setting.
I am torn because I both agree and disagree with the prophets of doom. This is the first codex that is built for 6th ed. 6th edition is not a competitive system and therefore we should not be surprised that this codex (and those that follow) are designed to deliver colourful play rather than predictable and repeatable play – it is Chaos after all.
Therefore I must agree that the codex is not for tournament players but it can deliver a lot of randomness that from time to time will discomfort opponents. For me this is a great thing that will really put an unpredictable stick in the spokes of the tournament players band wagon – but only occasionally. On the other hand it does provide any player with an enourmous palette of opportunities with which to do interesting things.
It is the vast number of permutations and combinations that is both the strength and the weakness of this codex. A player can do almost anything – for a cost – which means no opponent will ever know what to expect. Of course that is the down side for tournament players who will not know what they have until they start to play with it!
I fully intend to make use of the randomness, Boon of Chaos, Psychic powers, etc etc but I understand why competitive players will flinch when they first see this codex. For modellers, converters and painters i think the codex is fantastic. I am looking forward to getting beaten regularly but I think that this codex will put a smile on my face even then, and one in a while the Dark Gods will smile on me.
Somewhere in this book are numerous really entertaining armies that will be a joy to paint and to play with even if they will not deliver wins in a tournament environment. To each his own, but for those with a scintilla of imagination and the strength to play for the sheer joy of the game, then i think this codex delivers in spades.